Eggcorn: "point fun at"

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 13 04:45:23 UTC 2013

GO'T wrote: <<<"pointing fun at" in 1893>>>
LH: <<<pointing is rude, but nobody ever told me not to poke.>>>
WB:  Hypothesis:  _poke_ 'gently tease' + recent 'sexual innuendo', results
in replacement by _point_.
 "It's not polite to point!" as my mother used to say. Pointing a finger at
s.o. can easily simulate pointing a gun at s.o.; a gun = fun? Teenage boys
these days ... Mark Twain had a good idea on the subject.

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